Wild Life (manga)
Cover of Wild Life volume 1 as published by Shogakukan
|Written by||Masato Fujisaki|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|Original run||April 18, 2003 – January 23, 2008|
|Directed by||Toru Kawashima, Yukinari Hanawa|
|Written by||Taro Yamada, Toru Kawashima, Yukiko Manabe|
|Studio||Asia Content Center|
|Original run||July 31, 2008 – August 1, 2008|
|Episodes||3 (1 unaired)|
Wild Life (Japanese: ワイルドライフ Hepburn: Wairudo Raifu) is a Japanese manga series by Masato Fujisaki about a high school juvenile delinquent, Tesshō Iwashiro, working to become a veterinarian. The manga ran from April 18, 2003 to January 23, 2008 in the Shogakukan magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday. The individual chapters have been collected into a total of 27 tankōbon (bound volumes). In 2006, Wild Life received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen.
A live-action version of the series had been scheduled for March 2008. However, NHK announced the cancellation of the drama on January 11, 2008 when a mother giraffe and her calf suddenly died at the Akita Omoriyama Zoo where it was being filmed. NHK stated later that week that they would air two of the three completed episodes as stand-alone stories.
Tesshō is your typical high school delinquent with a special skill. He has a perfect pitch. This skill enables him to hear things most people wouldn't. After helping a local vet,Kashiyuu, save a small dog, whom he later names Inu (Japanese for "dog"), Tesshō realises his calling in life is to become a veterinarian. After passing veterinary school Tesshō finds himself out of a job and out of luck. But due to some connections with an old high school friend, Tesshō is allowed to take the test to enter the famous R.E.D. Vet hospital.
- Tesshō Iwashiro (岩城 鉄生 Iwashiro Tesshō)
- A high school delinquent with a perfect pitch. He does not care for his future until he saves a dog and decides he wants to become a vet. He adopts the dog and names it "Inu" (犬). Currently he is a vet at R.E.D and is in Section 2, meaning he cares for wild life. Sometimes he is misunderstood as being incompetent because of his blond hair. Thus his nickname is "Blond Haired #1 Idiot Vet in Japan". However, he is a very capable vet and has treated a human in one case. He is also afraid of ghosts.
- Mika Senō (瀬能 みか Senō Mika)
- A nurse at R.E.D hospital. She is Tesshō's assistant and accompanies him on worldwide missions. She often thinks that Tesshō is an idiot but respects him very much. It is hinted that she might like him.
- Tsukasa Ryōtō (陵刀 司 Ryōtō Tsukasa)
- The head of Section 2 who has a sense of absolute insight of animals. Since he was young, he was taken on worldwide trips with his father to gain knowledge and experience to become a vet. Because of this, he can now see through symptoms within seconds. His father is a world famous vet and is known as "Professor Ryōtō". He wants Tsukasa to become his successor even though Tsukasa wants to stay a vet at R.E.D. His real age is unknown but compared to the recent storyline, he still retains his youthfulness from 20 years ago. He is rumoured to be bisexual and appears to like Tesshō. He also has a beautiful grandmother who recently had her 100th birthday but still looks like a 25-year-old.
- Hisataka Kurachi (鞍智 久孝 Kurachi Hisataka)
- He is a member of Section 2 who had been assigned from Section 3. He graduated from Teito Veterinary College Doctorate Program but he works in R.E.D because of his admiration for Ryōtō and his father. At first, his way of thinkingis quite like the "regular vets" who don't work at R.E.D. However, after he is told that Tesshō is more capable than him, he strives to outshine Tesshō and become a better vet. From Tesshō and Ryōtō he learns that a vet also needs to treat the heart and soul of the patient and their owners. From this, he tries hard to smile and care for his patients but ends up scaring them away.
- ANN staff (January 22, 2006). "51st Shogakukan Manga Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- ANN staff (January 11, 2008). "Wild Life TV Drama Cancelled After Giraffes' Deaths". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- ANN staff (January 14, 2008). "Japan's NHK to Air 2 of 3 Wild Life Drama Episodes". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 18, 2013.